Want to be part of the Auxiliary executive?

We need you! Dianne Martin, Chair of the Nominating Committee is sending this message

We are looking to fill the positions of secretary and director at large starting in May 2016.

The director at large would be involved with the planning of the AGM and  Anniversary dinners.
If you are interested in one of these positions and/or would like more information, please contact Dianne Martin at 613-332-5451 or dianne.martin039@sympatico.ca. Please consider taking a role in the Executive.  Encourage your fellow Auxiliary members to become involved as well. 

What a party – what a year!


Deb and Kim cheque (Copy)


October 21st, 2015 was the occasion of our 30th Anniversary celebration dinner. And what a celebration it was!

The Faraday Community Centre was fairly bursting its bricks with happy Auxiliary members and their spouses, partners and friends, many of whom were sporting hats "Casablanca"-style in keeping with our "Here's Looking At You" fund-raising theme. First we enjoyed a wonderful meal, followed by a real musical treat from the ladies of Camaraderie. There were door prizes and a silent auction too

The high spot of the evening, however, was the annoucement by our President Debbie Speck that not only had our fund-raising goal for the year had been met, our fund-raising goal for 2015 AND 2016 was fulfilled. A whopping $100,000 cheque was presented by Auxiliary President Debbie Speck to Kim Bishop, Chair of the North Hastings Fund Development Committee for the purchase of a portable ultra-sound machine, a portable X-ray machine and a blood analyser for the Hospital.

The people of Bancroft, visitors and cottagers too, have always risen to the occasion on the behalf of the Hospital and the Auxiliary wants to thank everyone for this year’s response. Our hospital is a very important asset to our community and we all appreciate how fortunate we are to have it. Thank you SO much everyone!

So let us all pat ourselves on the back. Well done, the Auxiliary! But more than that, well done to everyone who donated. Thank you, Bancroft! This is a generous and warm-hearted community.


We are 30 years old!

Happy Anniversary to our North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary!

It was back in 1985 when a band of like-minded people decided to establish the Auxiliary to assist the hospital in meeting the needs of its patients. Since then members have been giving their all in many different ways. We are so proud to mention that we still have one active member from these early days.

Bentley_mona2Meet Mona Bentley

Mona has been with us since Day One and is still an active volunteer. Mona has garnered many awards over the last 30 years in recognition of her tireless efforts – greatly deserved!

Of course volunteers have come and volunteers have gone but it is worth noting that our membership now stands at over 100 and over the years volunteers have provided almost a quarter of a million hours of service on the behalf of the hospital.

From small beginnings, our locations have changed and improved. New To You (once the Op Shop) moved from its chilly original location outdoors (!) on Sherbourne Street to a more glamorous and cosier location on Flint Street in 2004 and in 2009 to its present location on Hastings Street, when the Auxiliary bought the building. Drop by and check out the selection of good quality clothing for women and men. The Corner Café came into being in 2003 and although no-one at that time had an idea of how to run a café, the volunteers muddled through making it the pleasant, successful and efficient venue that it now is. Don’t forget – it’s a great place to meet your friends for a cup of coffee or a light lunch. You can even buy a book for a buck, sit on a comfy chair and have a read.

Our fund-raising activities began modestly of course and raised $7,000 for the hospital in the first year. By 2014 the figure had soared to over $50,000. Not bad going, eh? Over our 30 years of operation we have funded many essential purchases including a zone air bed, vital signs monitors, wheelchairs, a blood coagulation machine and so many more. We also made a donation of $50,000 to the Dialysis Clinic in 2004.

This year we have raised the stakes and taken on a two year commitment. We are determined that we will raise $100,000 over the next two years with our “Here’s Looking At You” campaign to purchase

  • an emergency department Blood Chemistry Machine
  • a portable emergency Ultra-sound Machine
  • a portable X-ray Machine

So you are going to be seeing us all over town! Say “Howdy” at No Frills for the Round-up (June 27th – July 5th). See us and hear us during the Radiothon July 17th-18th. Maybe drop by for lunch at the BBQs. Raffle tickets with generous prizes of groceries vouchers from Foodland will be available just about everywhere. And in early fall it will be time for the Smile Cookie Campaign in conjunction with Tim Horton’s.

We’d like to thank all those in the community for their support over the years and hopefully in the future. We’ll be there – and we always welcome new volunteers!



Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of the North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary will be held at 1 Manor Lane, Bancroft Ontario on Monday May 9, 2016 at 12:00 noon for the purpose of:

  • receiving and considering the annual report and financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015 and the report of the auditors thereon;
  • installation of directors;
  • appointing auditors and
  • transacting any further business as may properly come before the meeting.


Dated this April 2, 2016. On behalf of the auxiliary executive.


Gabrielle M. Coe


A Celebration!

Janet Griffin’s Birthday Open House!

For all those members of the Auxiliary who are friends of Janet Griffin, there will be an Open House on Saturday , November 15th to celebrate Janet’s 80th birthday!

Best wishes only, please.

Janet’s home is on Flint Street, beside and behind the Library.

If you have any questions, please call Judy Vance at 332-2785